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Part II of the Flower Power Pouch
by Rita Vainius

If you made the pouch we presented in our Kids Class Project back in August, you have a bag with one colorful embroidered flower on it. In Part II of this project you will learn how to embellish your bag with an additional 4 flowers, each using a different color thread and composed of different stitching techniques. If you have not yet made a bag and want to start on it now, refer to our previous Kids Projects and go to the Flower Power Pouch Class. Also, any of the flower designs shown can be used to decorate any number of other items such as sweatshirts, jeans, tee-shirts etc. Lets get going!

Materials needed:
1. Watercolours Thread - 1 skein each of #18- Peacock, #73- Charcoal, #12- Wildberries, #45 Flame, #100- Snow White and #21- Peach Melba
2. Scissors
3. Pencil with blunt end
4. Needles - 1 each size 18 and 22 or any needle large enough for the thread to fit through the eye, with a point sharp enough to sew through denim fabric
5. Dressmaker's Tracing Paper ( Choose a color several shades either lighter or darker than the denim color of the jeans.)
6. Embroidery hoop - about 6 inches in diameter
7. Straight pins - about 4
8. Ball point pen with medium point or fine point magic marker in dark color


1. Print out the line drawing showing the patterns of the five flowers to be transferred to the flap of your bag (or any other fabric you want to decorate).

2. Print out the stitch diagrams and instructions for the various stitches to be used.

3. Place the dressmaker's tracing paper face down over the top of the flap on your bag. Cut away the excess paper around the flower pattern leaving about one to two inches of white border all around the design. Place this pattern face up over the tracing paper. Using straight pins, attach the design at the top, bottom and sides in the white border part around the design going through the design, tracing paper and fabric. This will secure the pattern so that it will not shift while you are tracing it. Place the flower pattern over the flap so that the one flower design you have already stitched lines up with that flower on your pattern paper.

4. Using the blunt pencil, trace the design, pressing down hard, while copying each flower. You may have to trace each flower several times. To make sure the pattern is transferring to the fabric, remove one straight pin and fold up one side to see if the tracing paper is transferring the design so that you can easily make it out. Keep doing this until you have traced all the additional flowers and checked to see that they are visible on the denim.

5. After the pattern is transferred, remove the pattern and tracing paper and go over the design of each flower again with a dark ball point pen or fine point magic marker right on the fabric, to make the pattern more obvious and also to ensure that the traced design does not fade while you are stitching and handling it. The threads you embroider with will cover these lines as you work on it.

6. Attach the embroidery hoop so that the design is centered inside it. You can move the hoop as you work on the pattern as you need to. The hoop will make it easier to stitch on the denim by keeping it smooth and taut.

7. For flower #1, use the Long and Short Stitch to fill in the petals of the flower. Use the 3 ply Charcoal Watercolours thread, exactly as it comes off the skein, consisting of 3 strands, with the larger size needle for the first outermost row of stitches to outline the shape of each petal. For the inner part of each petal, use 3 ply Peacock Watercolours thread, continuing to use the Long and Short Stitch to fill in each petal. For the center of the flower, use the yellow color from a length of the Peach Melba Watercolours thread, also 3 ply, using the Satin Stitch.

8. For flower #2 you will be using 2 ply of the Wildberries Watercolours thread. Cut a length of the thread ( about 12 to 15 inches long) and separate 1 strand from the other two. Use the 2 ply strand with either size needle. Use the Lazy Daisy Stitch to create each individual petal outline. Then stitch successively smaller lazy Daisy Stitches within the initial outside stitch until you have filled in each entire petal with a series of stitches each smaller than the one before. Use a contrasting color of Watercolours thread, such as the lime green in the Peacock Watercolours thread, 3 ply, to make a cross across the center, with a single satin stitch. Then make more stitches across the center between the stitches of the first cross design, This will creat an "asterick" (*) shaped or star shaped design in the center of the flower.

9. For flower #4 use the Chain Stitch with 1 ply of the Flame Watercolours thread to stitch the outline of each petal. Use the smaller needle when using just 1 ply of the thread. Then you can either fill in the inside area of each petal using the Satin Stitch, with a 2 ply thread. For the center of the flower you can use a straight stitch to make a cross across the center circle and then make more stitches between the first cross you made, to make an "asterisk" shaped (*) or star-shaped pattern in the center, like on flower #2. Use 1 ply of the Snow White Watercolours thread and make a series of Backstitches to outline each petal and define its shape.

10. For flower #5 use 1 ply of the Peach Melba Watercolours thread and a make a series of Backstitches to follow the outline of the spiral design, working from the center of the design toward the outside in ever larger circles. Make the stitches fairly small, about 1/8 inch long to create the curved shape smoothly.

Satin Stitch:
Work straight stitches across the shape as shown. Conform stitches to the shape you will be filling in. Care should be taken to keep a good edge. Do not make the stitches too long as then they could be pulled out of position. Butt each consecutive stitch to the one before it to create solid patch of color in area to be stitched

Chain Stitch: Bring the thread out at the top of the line and hold down with your left thumb (if right-handed). Insert the needle where it last emerged from the fabric and bring the point of the needle out a distance away. Pull the thread through, keeping the working thread under the point of the needle.


Long and Short Stitch: This is a form of Satin Stitch that got its name because all the stitches are of uneven lengths. It is often used to fill in a shape which is too large or too irregular to be covered by using only the satin stitch. It is also used to create a shaded effect, as shown in diagram. In the top (first) row, the stitches are alternately long and short and closely follow the outline of the shape to be filled in. In the succeeding rows, long and short stitches are worked to fill in the rest of the shape and to give a smooth texture.

Lazy Daisy Stitch: Work in the same way as the Chain Stitch (A), but secure each loop at the center with a small stitch (B). This stitch may be worked singly or in groups to form flower petals.

Backstitch: Bring the thread through on the stitch line, then take a small backward stitch through the fabric. Bring the needle through again a little in front of the first stitch, take another backward stitch, pushing the needle in at the point where it first came through.

Buttonhole Stitch: Bring the thread out on the lower line, insert the needle in position on the upper line, taking a straight downward stitch with the thread under the point of the needle. Pull the thread up to form a loop and then repeat.

Tra-La! Your Flower Power Pouch is now truly more powerful and more flower-full, as well! It will jazz-up just about any outfit or you can just hang it on your mirror, closet door or doorknob and keep your jewelry or any other little special treasures in it.

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